There are many different types of guinea pig bedding for you to choose from. This will only depend on your preference and possibly your budget if you don’t want to spend a fortune on guinea pig bedding.
Lets go through the different types and talk through the pros and cons.
I’ve started off with fleece because this is the most popular guinea pig bedding. You can buy fleece in different colors and patterns, making a very decorative cage.
Not only is it fun and decorative, but, if treated properly, it is relatively easy to keep clean!
- Easy to keep clean
- Looks nice
- Doesn’t smell (if washed regularly)
- It wicks
- Can be found in many places
One of the BEST things about fleece is that liquids pass straight through it, leaving the fleece dry. Guinea pigs can develop foot problems from damp bedding, so because of this, fleece is ideal!
- Can be difficult to get the hair off.
- Can be expensive to buy.
- Must be washed in the washing machine. (You decide if this is a con!)
The best fleece is 100% polyester. Once you have brought it home, run it through the washing machine a couple of times to break down the barrier on the surface which causes water to sit in pools.
Once you have washed and dried it, tip a little bit of water on top of it to see whether is soaks right through or sits on the surface. If it still sits on the surface, run it through the washing machine again.
Now that its ready to use, you can arrange it in the cage!
Bedding for underneath the fleece
There are many different combinations for fleece. Newspaper is good for the bottom layer, but the printing is liable to come off on the bottom. Towels are also very good. Personally I use a layer of newspaper, towels and then fleece.
Cleaning your fleece
Step 1: Each day, you must sweep up all the poops, uneaten food and loose strands of hay. Even if you are not changing the bedding that day, a spot clean is necessary for keeping the area clean.
An optional option is to use a small vacuum cleaner to gather up the last bits of hair and hay.
Step 2: On cleaning day, place the guinea pigs in a container or relocate them to a temporary playpen. Take out all the toys and food bowls.
Step 3: Gather up all the bedding and shake out, outside. Now place it all in the washing machine, but remember, not warm because fleece shrinks in warm/hot water.
You must be very careful with shavings. They are renowned for causing allergy issues in both people and guinea pigs. However, they can be an excellent bedding -both absorbent and cozy, if nobody reacts to it!
Not Cedar. This is very bad for them. It contains oils and things that will slowly destroy a critters respiratory system. Studies have shown overtime that animals do not respond well to these chemicals.
Pine should be aired out thoroughly. Otherwise it could have a similar effect to cedar and cause respiratory problems.
Aspen is highly recommended for guinea pigs as it is safest to use and doesn’t usually cause problems.
NEVER use straw. Because guinea pigs keep their eyes open all the time, they will undoubtedly get poked and even injured. Straw is such a stiff, sharp bedding that it is simply not recommended.
As long as you have an absorbent material such as aspen shavings underneath your bedding of hay, this is a great source of bedding. Your guinea pigs can eat it too!!!